Now that baby girl is heading into her 6th month (gasp, I know), I have a pretty good handle on what products work and don't work, at least for us. I'm by no means an expert on anything, but I wanted to share my personal experience, in case it helps any of you soon to be parents out there.
There are SO many baby products. So many. Enough to make your head spin. So many different brands and so many different types of everything. How do you even decide? Being a first time mom, I did a lot of research before buying anything. And I ended up with some things that I didn't really need and some other needs that I just can't live without.
Here are our 5 favorite baby products*:
1. Baby activity gym. We love this. When she was younger, she would just stare up at the various toys and swing her arms around. Now she really goes after the toys, even yanking a few down at times. It really helped with her coordination. She can lay on this and play for quite some time, which is really great for when mommy needs to get things done... or go to the bathroom. Now she rolls around on it so I can't leave her unattended much anymore, but for a while, it really helped keep me sane. We got this as a hand-me-down from my sister-in-law, so thanks guys, for allowing me time to pee in the last 5 months!
2. Baby Einstein Jumper. She loves this thing. She is completely fascinated with the little bird on it and she loves the music and the fact that she can bounce around. She started using this around 4 months and it's been a life saver. We plop her into it when we eat dinner and it's great. Finally, we're able to eat at the same time!
3. Rock N' Play. This saved our lives, and our arms. We had so much trouble with sleep (it's still a constant struggle) and found that this is the place, besides our arms, where she sleeps best. I think it's because of the slight incline and the snugness. It makes her feel like she's being cuddled. If I could cuddle her all day every day, I would, but mommy needs a break too.
4. Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail. Ok, a lot of people will say, just throw the diaper in the trash can and be done with it. Why waste money on a special trash can with special trash bags? Well, this one deposits baking soda every time you close it so it really keeps the smell at bay. And the bag clips shut when you need to throw it out, which also helps with the smell. Honestly I don't smell dirty diapers in her room ever. The bags hold a ton of diapers - I bought a package of these trash bags from amazon and have yet needed to purchase another one since she's been born. And quite frankly, I just don't like the thought of an open trash can in her room. Keep the trash in another room, you say? Seriously, who has time for that.
5. Oball Rattle. I randomly bought this ball from Target one day and I'm so glad I did. The way that it's designed makes it perfect for little fingers to grasp. I gave her this ball when she was around 3 months old and she started learning how to hold it on her own. Not long after she was able to take her pacifier out of her mouth and put it back in all by herself! Best part: it's $5 at Target.
Hope you guys found this helpful! I leave you with this little girl and her favorite bird.
*I was not paid for any of these reviews, these are really the products that I've found most useful in the past 5 months!